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Will Artificial Intelligence be a threat to Humanity? Poll

Will Artificial Intelligence be a threat to Humanity? [503 votes total]

Yes (184) 37%
Not sure (79) 16%
No (239) 48%

Here is a regional breakdown, with region height corresponding to the number of votes (except for All). Interestingly, only in Africa/Middle East did majority of voters think that AI will be a threat to humanity.
Region%Yes% Not sure%No
All  37%  16%
US/Canada (215)  37%  11%
Europe (121)  34%  22%
Asia (116)  38%  14%
Latin America (27)  30%  33%
Africa/MidEast (12)  58%

Australia/NZ (11)  45%



Mark Norrie, AI - A [potentially] massive threat
If researchers succeed in creating a fully non-human AI, probably by mimicking biological structures (e.g. the octopus brain) and also using emergence as an accelerator there can be no doubt that such an entity will share very little with us in terms of viewpoint/perspective etc. If it is logical (very likely) then it will have no choice but to regard us as a threat and if anyone is stupid enough to hook it up to an offensive weapons grid we are for it.

Magdy Mamdouh, Why do we think AI will out smart Human thinking
It is very strange how people believe that AI will outsmart human beings intelligence, it is a completely different type of intelligence which has similar domains to human intelligence.
As for people who believe than Self Aware AI will not have a code of ethics, let me tell you that ethics don't come from no where, it comes from logical reasoning, so AI will have a code of ethics, although it is not necessary to be exactly the same as the Human one

Leo, Subtle threat to humanity
It will be a threat to our privacy. The entities controlling the data will control our lives to some extent. The corporations will nag us with their advertisements.

Gregory Piatetsky, Editor, Over-reacting
Unlike any previous technology, full AI, if created, will have a mind of its own and potentially smarter than humans. Just look at the history of encounters between more and less advanced human civilizations, like Europeans and Native Americans, etc and it is hard to be optimistic for the less advanced group, which humans will become if full AI is created.

Harold, AI good/bad is waste of time
Application of technology can be anything . Knives can be murder weapons or life saving tools used by surgents.
People have feared new technological possibilities through history. Little over one hunderd years ago farmers chased cars with pitchforks claiming them to be satan's invention .
Are we not over-reacting?

Gregory Piatetsky, Editor, Humans are not Intelligence alone
Mike, what is to prevent intelligence without human ethical values to destroy all humans, because they consume precious resources?

If you are self-interested, science is good because it improves humanity. If you are altruistic, humans are good because they advance science. Either way, humanity and science are on the same side ...until something more intelligent emerges. Then, promoting humanity opposes progress and vice versa. So, it comes down to what you consider to be important. I define myself by my intelligence, not by my flesh.

Gregory Piatetsky, Editor, Yes, this is good?
Mike, unless you are a bot and not human, how "AI being a threat to humanity" can be good?

Mike, missing option
I wish "Yes" could be divided into "A. Yes, and that is bad" and "B. Yes, and that is good". I lean toward B, but voted "No" to avoid supporting A.

Gregory Piatetsky, Editor, bots voting
Peter Skomoroch @peteskomoroch tweeted: you know voting bots will just rig those poll results to be 99% "No" ;)
This is funny, but I did detect bots voting at previous polls - usually at the direction of their human masters !

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